Educational Puzzles and Games


Puzzles are a highly recommended activity, which produces numerous psychological and cognitive benefits. Being with the little ones doing puzzles helps to stimulate the emotional bond between educators, parents and children.

1 Develops visual memory. Children set the pattern of a puzzle they want to do in their visual memory in order to develop it. If they train with different puzzles and try to look at them as little as possible, they will develop this memory which they will need so much in their future learning.

2 They develop concentration. When children do a puzzle, they observe and explore the objects around them, improving their attention and concentration. They will also learn to organize information and concepts.

3 Reinforce logical thinking. In addition to learning school concepts such as numbers, letters, shapes, animals, colors, objects, etc.

4 Stimulates spatial and mathematical ability. It has been proven that doing puzzles on a regular basis enhances spatial skills. Spatial skills are understood as the ability to think about images in three dimensions and thus transform and rotate them in our brain more easily. In this way the child will have a greater sensitivity to work with figures and shapes mentally. This skill will help in the development of skills for science, technology and mathematics.

5 Improve motor development. When children do puzzles they have to take the pieces and place them in the right place by stimulating hand-eye coordination and training them to do the thumb and index finger. The manipulation of the pieces will help in the development of future writing.

6 Teach self-control, relaxation and reflection. The child must concentrate so much on what is in front of him that he will learn to control himself and reflect before acting. No matter how much he wants to put a piece in, he should not do so until he is sure.

7 Improves self-esteem and creativity. Making a puzzle is a challenge and a source of pride for the child. Through tolerance, the child will train in frustrating situations when there are difficulties in completing it. It improves reasoning as well as problem solving.

8 They learn to synthesize the information received from the environment. With the general image they must locate each of the pieces and with them manage to form the model.

Furthermore, according to recent research, doing puzzles from childhood could prevent the development of memory problems in old age.
So, from a year and a half onwards, children can experiment, freely making their first puzzles. There is nothing like seeing a happy face of a child for the pride of getting a challenge.